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Hallie Johnson 2010

10/6/2014

What inspired you to become an economics major?

When I started college I was pre-med, but I knew that if I didn't end up going to medical school, I wanted a degree in something universal that would allow me to easily enter the business world and differentiate me from other college graduates. Economics interested me and fit what I was looking for during my time at Saint Ben's and for my life after I graduated.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in economics?

Take some of the intro classes and determine if an economics major will help build the foundation and tools for you to enter the next phase and career of your life. Also I'm a huge proponent for informational interviewing and job shadowing. If you don't know what you want to do next, start talking to people and figure it out.

How have you used your degree after graduation?

I use my economics major everyday both in my professional and personal life.  Since graduating, I received my Masters in Healthcare Administration and I work for Accenture as a Management Consultant in their Health and Public Service Practice.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?

The biggest challenge I've had to overcome has been accepting that you cannot have it all and that you don't need it all. Everyone has to find their definition of happy and their own point of balance. Find yours and stay true to yourself.

What is the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

The highlight of my time at CSB/SJU has to be midnight dance parties with my sophomore year roommate when we needed to shake the stress off and get back to studying.